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SubjectRe: [patch 0/5] optionally sync per-CPU vmstats counter on return to userspace
Hi Christoph,

On Fri, Jul 02, 2021 at 10:00:11AM +0200, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Thu, 1 Jul 2021, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
>
> > The logic to disable vmstat worker thread, when entering
> > nohz full, does not cover all scenarios. For example, it is possible
> > for the following to happen:
> >
> > 1) enter nohz_full, which calls refresh_cpu_vm_stats, syncing the stats.
> > 2) app runs mlock, which increases counters for mlock'ed pages.
> > 3) start -RT loop
> >
> > Since refresh_cpu_vm_stats from nohz_full logic can happen _before_
> > the mlock, vmstat shepherd can restart vmstat worker thread on
> > the CPU in question.
>
> Can we enter nohz_full after the app runs mlock?
>
> > To fix this, optionally sync the vmstat counters when returning
> > from userspace, controllable by a new "vmstat_sync" isolcpus
> > flags (default off).
> >
> > See individual patches for details.
>
> Wow... This is going into some performance sensitive VM counters here and
> adds code to their primitives.

Yes, but it should all be under static key (therefore the performance
impact, when isolcpus=vmstat_sync,CPULIST is not enabled, should be
zero) (if the patchset is correct! ...).

For the case where isolcpus=vmstat_sync is enabled, the most important
performance aspect is the latency spike which this patch is dealing
with.

> Isnt there a simpler solution that does not require this amount of
> changes?

The one other change (I can think of) which could solve this problem
would be allowing remote access to per-CPU vmstat counters
(requiring a local_lock to be added), which seems to be more complex
than this.

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